Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Southeastern New Mexico
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Durango/Purgatory would be my pick for an intermediate rider. It has lots of blues. It is also cheaper than Telluride. It might get a little busier than Telluride during spring break. The blacks at Purgy get icy when it has been a few days since it snowed. The park at Purgy or what I have seen of the park at Telluride is better. Tamarron Lodge South of Purgy is cheaper than resort side and only seven miles from the lifts. A free shuttle runs until 10pm or so. The slope side lodgings at Purgy are nice. You can run and have a beer and sandwich for lunch. Also catch the lift early and head to the back lift before it gets crowded, not so crowded and some nice runs. Hermosa lift has a lot of nice intermediate terrain some of which are steeper than blacks at Telluride.
Wolf Creek doesn't have a park but it is a lot less busy. It has less lift serviced terrain than the other 2. Or at least less than I have found. It is also a bit of a drive from Pagosa Springs which is on your side of the slope. It's a beautiful drive. I think Wolf Creek is better for Advanced and Beginner, or people with poles.
Telluride is a little pricey. Don't be afraid of the blacks there, If there is snow on them they aren't so bad. The extreme stuff was closed when I was there and they were blasting it so I really didn't get a look at it, I wouldn't have done it anyway. If it is dumping and you plan on dropping to the other side don't take the lift out of Telluride. They don't groom powder and the lift unloads you in a major flat area. Take the gondola over to the other side and the middle 2 lifts have a lot of intermediate terrain. If it is dumping take the lift out of Telluride and ride the blacks down to Telluride(not so much flat going that way. There is about 1700' of vertical back to town. Stay off the blue going to Telluride. It doesn't have enough slope to be called a green.
Hope this helps.